Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Korean reunification in the hyperconnected, networked era

Two items appearing in the local (Korean) news these days caught my attention for the same reason.   One was the speech by opposition leader Moon Jae In in which he announced his vision for economic unification of Korea, as reported by Arirang TV in the embedded video.
The other news report that caught my attention was an article in The Korea Times reporting that Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, speaking in Seoul, suggested that cloud computing and mobility will be two of the keys to future industrial transformation.  Vestberg said that "The progress in mobile penetration is, in particular, beyond imagination. By 2020, mobile networks including 2G, 3G and the long-term evolution (LTE) will cover everyone worldwide except for approximately 300 million people. This is the single most influential technology in human history."
Perhaps the Ericsson CEO engaged in a bit of hyperbole, but not by much.
These two news items caught my eye because each of them reminded me of the central role that digital networks and related technologies have come to play in society, politics and economics all around the world.   They will be a decisive factor in shaping Korean reunification, not only in the economic sphere, but politically and socially as well.  Indeed, economic reunification itself will most likely be heavily influenced by the relative positions of North and South Korea in cyberspace and in terms of digital network infrastructure, as noted in numerous earlier posts.

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